Lake Puckaway Protection and Rehabilitation District Meeting

February 19, 2015    1:00 PM

Mecan Town Hall

The meeting was called to order by Acting Chairman Gettelman at 1:00 PM.

1.  Call to Order Certification of Open Meeting Notice

The Certification of the Open Meeting Law was met, with it being posted on the District’s website, north shore kiosk, Mecan Town Hall and other areas around the lake.

District Commissioners in attendance were:  Clayton Masters (Treasurer), Paul Gettelman (Secretary), Randy Schmidt, and Rich Pergande.  Excused:  Phil Malsack (Chairman); Absent:  Roger Swanke.    

Guests:  Andrew Sabai (Lake Puckaway Coordinator), Aaron Buchholz (Northeast District Land Program Manager).

District Members in attendance:  Faye Pergande.

2.  Secretary’s Minutes:

A motion was made by Commissioner  Masters to accept  the minutes from the November 10, 2014 meeting as e-mailed and posted on the District Website and 2nd by Commissioner Pergande. Motion passed.

3.  Treasurers Report:

Commissioner Masters brought an e-statement from the bank to the meeting. Commissioner Schmidt did an audit of the Treasurers Report and checkbook balances match the e-statement from the bank.  Commissioner Masters gave a summary of the Treasurers Report from January 1 through February 19, 2015.  It was noted by Commissioner Masters that he has received the tax levy payments from the Town of Mecan and the Village of Marquette, but has not received payment from the Town of Marquette to date.  Commissioner Masters is expecting to hear back from the WDNR on the final grant payment to the District soon.  A motion was made by Commissioner Schmidt and 2nd by Commissioner Pergande to accept the Treasurers Report as presented.  Motion passed.

4.  District member’s input:






Aaron Buchholz (Northeast District Land Program Manager) gave the District Commissioners an update on the fixed crest, locks and fish passage at the Princeton Dam.  Aaron stated MWH was retained by the WDNR and the 35% design report is done.  The estimated total cost of the upgrade is $1,857,000 in 2018 dollars.

Aaron gave us tentative dates as the project moves forward.  Jim Tomasko will now write a Capital Project Submission, which will be sent in by June 1, 2015.  The next step is a Program Statement due September 2015 for adoption into the 2016 budget process.  This will be looked over by the submitting agencies, legislator and the governor.  Submission of final design for review is fall 2017.  Bid process opening is spring 2018.  Start of construction is summer 2018 with completion and occupancy the summer of 2019 if approved.

Aaron talked with the Commissioners on the District’s ability to cost share with the Princeton Dam Project.  The District is very willing to partner with WDNR on this project. Commissioner Masters stated we have roughly $145,000 in the Dam Account to date, but conceivably could have $175,000 once bills are paid.  Aaron stated cost sharing is very beneficial with legislators and helps make projects a reality.

Aaron stated the MOU between the WDNR and the Lake Puckaway District ends in 2015.  He will be taking over the writing of the MOU until the Princeton Dam project is finished.  He will try to have the District a rough draft for review by May.  He would like to put together a hard copy of the opening of the locks and safety measures the District took after the incident at the dam from the previous contractor.             


Andrew gave a report on the 2015 Large Scale Planning Grant the District received. Total of the grant was $36,050.  The state’s share is $21,940 (66%), the District’s share is $14,110 (33%).  This grant will be used for upgrading the Comprehensive Lake Plan. There was discussion on who will run the public forums on the updated management plan.  It was decided by the board that Commissioner Gettelman would talk with Ted Johnson about the grant before we make any final decisions.  The Project Deliverables for 2015 from Andrew received at the November meeting were discussed in great depth.  The board felt there was a lot of overlapping projects between the new grant and his past proposal.  We didn’t feel we should be paying twice for the same work.  It was agreed we would only pay for projects not included in the grant, but listed in Andrew’s 2015 Project Deliverable proposal if we still wanted to do them.        


The 2015 Grant will take care of this.



No info to date on success of 2014 from the Commercial Fisherman.



Commissioner Gettelman has been monitoring the tagged northern pike in Lake Puckaway with little success.  He was contacted by Tom Consi from UWM about tracking northern on Lake Puckaway.

UWM has an airplane (drone) with an ATS fish tag receiver capable of detecting fish tags with a frequency in the 50 MHz band.  This is the frequency that the DNR uses for tagging sturgeon and also the frequency of the tagged northern pike in Lake Puckaway. 

UWM was on the Lake last Friday (Feb. 12) with Commissioner Gettelman to talk and look over the Lake.  They plan on flying over the lake soon to track the northern pike. This was exciting to the Commissioners, because of the difficulty we have had with the tracking and also the possibility of photographing vegetation.  It would be exciting to have UWM involved with Lake Puckaway.


No discussion needed.



Commissioner Masters reminded the Commissioners that the state has been reducing our tax bills and we need to better manage our tax monies and be looking for ways to keep our budget in line with other agencies.  We should be thinking about this as we prepare for our 2016 District Budget in April.     


The Lake Puckaway Protection and Rehabilitation District’s 2015 Annual Meeting will be held on June 7, 2015 at the Village of Marquette Hall at 10 AM.


It was noted that we need to replace a 1 mile light on one the buoys by the dredge bank.  It was noted that we cannot keep replacing these because people drive their boats over them.  Cost per light is around $150.  Commissioner Masters has caps and wraps to repair our buoys in stock.


Water heater needs to have cleaning solution run through it to clean it out before we start the hatchery this spring.  We have enough supplies for the iron filter for 2015, but will need to reorder for 2016.  The canopy for the fry tank needs replacing.  A tarp was suggested.  Commissioner Gettelman will contact Dave Bartz about a boat and 3 nets for the hatchery this spring.


The next District Meeting is set for April 16 at the Marquette Village Hall.


Motion by Commissioner Schmidt to adjourn and 2nd by Commissioner Masters.  Motion passed .

Respectfully Submitted,

Randy Schmidt